The quote goes something like, “Failure to plan is planning to fail.”
One major commitment that comes with preparing for a competition is planning ahead. To that end, following a meal plan requires a combination of time, careful planning and a large collection of Tupperware to pack everything into every day. Below is a typical work day of meals: morning snack(meal #2), lunch (meal#3), afternoon snack (meal#4) and afternoon snack 2 (meal #5). Breakfast and dinner are not included here.
Typically, I weigh and measure all my food and pack it into my containers each night so I have all my meals handy to eat at work. Aside from all the other aspects of competition prep, a commitment to preparing your meals each and every day is a big one.
How to plan meal prep
For those of you who might have a tough time planning ahead, I find what works best for me is to do the bulk of my cooking on a Sunday night so that I can quickly pack my meals for the next day. The art of meal prep is having some key staples to consider preparing ahead: chicken, sweet potatoes, cut up veggies, rice and quinoa. All will last in the fridge for a number days. Another option is simply to make extra food at dinner so you can eat it the next day. Trust me, it’s better than cafeteria or fast food.
I have quite a few pieces of plastic containers. In addition to the ones that came with my 6 Pack backpack, I’ve picked just about the rest at the Dollar Store. As a matter of fact, it’s time to replace some with some new containers. I think a trip is coming some time this week.
Optional tip for meal prep
Another option that might help the number of Tupperware containers are baggies. I use them for cut up vegetables, protein mix, almonds and more. In addition to saving the hassle of washing dishes, it will save space in carrying meals and a little money.
I have toted meals with me to events as well as on trips. Yes, I have carried my 6 Pack backpack on airplanes and trains because I am on a mission. It’s been about weight loss and getting fitter.
One thing that I do know is that you can’t outwork a bad diet in the gym, which is why meal prep is so vita to getting the results you really want.
After doing this for a little more than a year, I can’t imagine not doing it. When the competition comes and goes this November, I think I will still do some meal prepping. I’ll see what leeway my coach is going to give me. I know she will want me to continue to grow. But I will also be training to run Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans full marathon. Heck, let me get through the competition in November before jumping all the way to February.
I will say meal prep will make a difference if you are trying to loose weight as well as save some money. Preparation is key to it all.
Do you do any meal prep? What’s one thing you are going to do for meal prep this week?!?